Archive for the ‘color Theory’ Category

Color is Everything Book Review(Master the Use of Color in Oils, Acrylics or Watercolors)

March 20, 2014

Color is EverythingColor is Everything is a great choice for getting started with painting in any medium. It’s also a good introduction to color theory and harmonizing colors in your paintings. You will learn about the different tools, equipment and paints for acrylics, water colors and oils. Other great features are, learning how to effectively use the color wheel, learning the 6 color schemes and exploring  examples of how great masters use color effectively in paintings. The book is only 96 pages, easy to read and follow at a good pace.

also check out other books and resources I’ve reviewed on color theory for further study.

Dan Bartges



April 7, 2012

If you’re an artist looking to expand your knowledge on Color Theory and Light; this is definitely a must video to check out. If you have trouble getting your images to pop, or maybe they look to flat and saturated, or have trouble deciding what colors to use for a painting, or maybe you think you feel you have to use every color in your paint collection? Jason Manley gives a great presentation on Color Theory, gives great examples from the Old Masters approaches to handling light and color. He also gives advice and examples of how color theory and light are used in blockbuster films and video games.

COLOR AND THE THEORY OF LIGHT is one of the most elusive courses in education. We will be delving deeply into the importance of lighting theory for illustration, concept design, Fine Art, 3D, film, games, comics, and visual media of all kinds. Communicating the visual feeling of light, and depth of mood is of the utmost importance when making art, no matter the field or industry. Accurate visual, abstract, and emotional qualities of color will be focused on. We will cover basic, intermediate and advanced color theory as directly related to making visual art. Students will learn how to create focal areas, pictorial space through color movements and atmospheric perspective as well as narrative color control for precise and purposeful visual storytelling.

Color and Light (A Guide for the Realistic painter)

September 1, 2011

James Gurney is an artist known for his plein-air landscape paintings, as well as his award-winning illustrations of fantasy and historical subjects.  He is also known as the author and illustrator of the best-selling illustrated book series, Dinotopia.

I want to say that this is the best book I’ve read on Color Theory & Light. It’s not to technical or dry. It’s very good reading with excellent art examples from Gourney and modern-day artists. It shows you various ways to approach painting with light and color options you’ve probably never thought about. With this book I now have more methods to experiment with, and it also pushes me to get out of my comfort zone when choosing color palettes to paint with. he also gives you things to think about such as; themed colors for moods and purpose, limited color palettes, composition, etc. I give this book 5 out of 5 stars.

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